The Mom Report: April 10, 2018

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Have a teething baby in your house? Picky toddler? Hungry teen? Pancake-lover? My discovery of the "perfect pancake" happened during my desperate attempt to find something to cool the gums of my little teether. Taking a simple pancake recipe and turning it into a "teething pancake" was a breakthrough at our house and the recipe has become a staple for the whole family! All you need is a handful of simple ingredients, a blender, and a skillet.


Maybe you recognize her from Bravo TV's Southern Charm, but if you're like me, you know Cameran Eubanks from her hilarious and unfiltered Instagram posts. This southern mama is known for telling it like it is but the real storyline, as you’ll quickly discover, is the love affair between her husband and Elvis the neighbor's dog. If you're in need of some entertainment this week, do yourself a favor and check out @camwimberly1 (and Elvis) on Instagram. It's just plain funny!


This Utah family takes singing karaoke to a whole new level, and it's no surprise that their rendition of "One Day More" from "Les Miserables" has gone viral (up to 8.5 million views as of right now)! There is no way you make it through this video without smiling! All I can say is, bravo; I wish my family could sing like that…


Courtesy: Facebook/Jordon Lebaron



Just when we thought it couldn't get any more ridiculous than the "Tide Pod Challenge," the "Condom Snorting Challenge" has now emerged in teen world as the latest and greatest way to get attention. Yep, kids these days are now snorting condoms up one nostril and inhaling until it comes out in their mouth (uh - wouldn't that hurt!?). Medical experts are extremely concerned and issuing warnings about the life-threatening trend.
BOTTOM LINE: As absurd as these things sound, it's important for us to be aware of the teen trends going around so we can make sure we're talking to our kids about not taking part in these dangerous (and stupid) "challenges."


If tacos or fajitas are on the dinner menu this week, check your refrigerator to make sure the beef you are planning to use isn't part of a new recall impacting people in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. The USDA is recalling 7,000 pounds of fresh and frozen beef because it was not federally inspected, which is against protocol.
BOTTOM LINE: No illnesses have been reported but it's best not to feed your family meat that hasn't gone through the proper safety checks that are meant to keep us safe and healthy. Here is the complete list of affected items.


Experts say we should keep our kiddos in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years old because it's the safest option in the event of a crash. A new study, specifically looking at rear-end collisions, found the rear-facing car seats, "absorbed the crash's impact and provided extra support for babies" compared to those facing forward.
BOTTOM LINE: It's always a good idea to keep up-to-date on the latest car seat safety recommendations. Here are a few resources: the American Academy of PediatricsSafe Kids, and the car seat manufacturer guides.


An exciting family vacation took an unexpected turn for a Missouri woman who says she was escorted off of a Disney cruise for being 25 weeks pregnant. Despite her doctor clearing her to take the cruise, Disney policy does not allow women over 24 weeks pregnant on-board because of safety concerns (who knew!?). The company also says these travel restrictions are posted on their website and in all travel documents guests receive prior to sailing.
BOTTOM LINE: Do some research, especially if you are traveling pregnant! Even though most of us turn to our doctors for travel guidelines in pregnancy, this is a great reminder that many companies also have their own pregnancy travel restrictions in place.

For mamas raising athletes

Have you ever heard of the "Greek Freak?" Yeah, me neither until a recent 60 Minutes report. If you are looking for a role model athlete for your kids that embodies the virtues of hard work, appreciation, and dedication, look no further than Giannis Antetokounmpo. Yes, it’s a mouthful, hence the need for a nickname. This was by far one of the best profiles I have seen in awhile. If you are raising an athlete in your house (or just love a great story), you need to watch this.


An 11-year-old girl in Utah who lost her mother to a rare brain illness gets help styling her hair every morning thanks to her incredibly kind bus driver. Tracy Dean, a mother of four herself, braids Isabella's hair each day and says the heartwarming gesture is really, "no big deal." (PS - we think it's a huge deal and a great example of how even the smallest of gestures can have a big impact.)



Make it a great day and remember YOU are a great MOM!

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Kellie Smith